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kedwar12
03-19-2014, 09:37 PM
Looking to buy my first boat and this one sparked my interest. Looking for a good all around boat for the family.

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/boa/4317178711.html

There are 545 hours on the engine and he's selling due to not being able to use it enough. Only put 10 hours on it in the past 4 years. Would love comments on the pro's and con's of this boat.

Also if anyone is in the area to check it out before i make the trek from Nashville I would be extremely appreciative.

CC2MC
03-19-2014, 09:53 PM
I have the same hull with about the same hours and love it. Mine has a different engine but that MCX (red) engine is the one you want. That seems to be a great price for that boat. Make sure all the ballast pumps function correctly and that the seats are in okay shape. That year upholstery tends to have upholstery problems. It will need a new impeller if he has not changed it. Find out where it was stored and if it has a cover. It will do pretty much anything you want it to do and do it well. It is not quite as big as the X30 but still has plenty if space for storage. Another thing to check is the amount of fuel in the tank. You would not want to run four year old fuel. I wish I had the x package but I will make due for now. Good luck.

nickespi
03-20-2014, 08:41 AM
Wow, great price. Too bad you aren't looking for an X-30. I'm in Clarksville lol

LaRue
03-20-2014, 10:15 AM
Wow, great price. Too bad you aren't looking for an X-30. I'm in Clarksville lol

Apologize for the thread jack but i know a guy looking for a 2001-2004 X30. PM me if you want.

jafo9
03-20-2014, 10:42 AM
hard to tell too much from the pics. from what i see, the vinyl looks pretty rough and the sun deck and the rear wrap around seat back will need to be replaced. hard to tell about the other pieces. the steering wheel looks like it is dried up. not a big deal to replace, just an indication of the life of the boat. 03 was the first year of the MCX but it also had the only year with the spring loaded board clamps. they are getting hard to find parts for and they are expensive as well. radio looks to be upgraded and it has a transom remote. it also appears to have a fresh water flush. has it been used in salt water? given the vinyl condition, i would also assume that the hull will probably have some oxidation and will at least need to be buffed, etc. don't know if you are a DIY guy. if you are, these jobs aren't too hard to tackle. fwiw, there are are a few x30s that are in great shape with new interiors currently on the board. good luck.

Jerseydave
03-20-2014, 06:35 PM
Looks like it may have bottom paint. If that's true, it indicates the boat may have been left in the water for extended periods and/or used in salt water.
As stated before check the vinyl closely. Also watch for sticky brake calipers in '03.
I had those same board rack on my '03, didn't like them at all.

bturner2
03-21-2014, 07:53 AM
Boats always look better in pictures and those are not the clearest by a long shot. Depending on how far away it is I would want to see a bunch more high resolution shots before driving any distance. I agree with the comments above about the general condition of the boat and those racks are not desirable by a long shot.

In general I'm a fan of the X-10 and the MCX is a nice option to have. Condition however is everything when buying a used boat. Bottom paint, saltwater usage and a marginal interior can turn a smoking deal in to a loser fast.

CC2MC
03-24-2014, 12:16 PM
I found out more information on this boat. If you want a "good deal", then go for it, bc it would be less than $22k for sure. It was bought from the original owner in the Sarasota, FL area, who indeed used it in salt water. It still has the original risers which appear to be leaking and more than likely in need of replacement. Lots of corrosion in the engine bay and everywhere else. The tower has a crack in one of the welds. The boat had been beached while in FL and wore down to the fiberglass at the keel. It appears that someone tried to fix it using JB WELD or something similar. The prop was slightly dinged up, and it had cavitation marks on the rudder and hull. In addition, the entire upholstery needs to be replaced. It looks like it was replaced once before, using cheap vinyl. There are several spots with stress cracks in the gelcoat and one on the back right corner that looks a little worse than a stress crack. I am confused as to how it even got there. It is kept outside on a trailer under a cover, but it was pretty wet inside. The trailer was not made for this boat, bc they bought the boat without a trailer and had to find one. They did find it in TN, so it is at least a freshwater tandem axle trailer but that it about the only thing going for it. One axle had been replaced bc the previous owner bent it somehow and bc of that, the right tires rubbed the inside of the wheel well. They "fixed" this by sawing the left side of the fender out, taking away any strength from that fender.

The good: You cannot tell by the pics in the ad, but the boat is actually silver metal flake, with a black gel coated bottom. It does need wetsanding and buffing, plus the work on the underside of the hull, but otherwise looks pretty good. The guy that owns it and his father are both mechanics and took the engine out when they got it and replaced the bearings and checked the heads as well as some other general maintenance, so mechanically, it is in good shape. He also rebuilt all three ballast pumps, replaced the card for PP, installed a new paddle wheel, and replaced some of the wakeboard racks. The Sony radio was also new and all speakers were in working order. All gauges appeared to be functional, including the fuel gauge.

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kedwar12
03-27-2014, 08:54 PM
Appreciate the research on this. Seems to be a little more of an undertaking than I am wanting the first time around.